History vs. Cleopatra - Alex Gendler

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


unseemly means not proper or appropriate. It can be used to describe something that is ugly or strange.

  • The dress was quite unseemly, with a very low neckline.
  • The performance was quite unseemly, with a lot of nudity.

To lounge is to sit or to lie down in a relaxed position. You might lounge in your backyard on a hot day, or you might lounge on the couch after a long day at work.

  • He was lounging on the couch, watching TV.
  • The cat was lying in the sun, lounging lazily.

To curb is to stop something from happening. When the police curb the rioting, they are preventing it from getting worse.

  • The company curbed its growth in order to stay afloat.
  • The government tried to curb the inflation by raising the prices of goods.

A granary is a building where food is stored. It can be a large building, or it can be a small building that is used to store food for only a few days.

  • The granary is used to store food for the winter.
  • The granary is located in the back of the farm.

A revolt is a rebellion, a defiance of authority. When the people in a country revolt, they are protesting against the government.

  • The people in the country revolted against the government.
  • The people in the country revolted against the monarchy.

meddling is a verb meaning to interfere in a situation that is not your own. It is usually done in a harmful or destructive way.

  • The parents were meddling when they started to get involved in the students' lives.
  • The teacher was meddling when she started to criticize the students.

To avenge something is to take revenge on someone or something for something that they have done. When the family avenged their father's death, they punished the people who had hurt him.

  • The family is avenging their father's death by punishing the people who hurt him.
  • The company is avenging their loss by punishing the people who made the mistake.

To instigate something is to start the activity or the conflict. When the police instigated the fight, they were the ones who started the fight.

  • He was instigated by his friends to start the fight.
  • She was instigated by her best friend to start the fight.

Megalomania is a mental condition in which people become obsessed with their own importance. They often believe that they are superior to other people, and that they are capable of doing anything that they set their mind to.

  • He had megalomania, and he believed that he was a god.
  • The patient had megalomania, and she thought that she was a superhero.